Corn and Beans in a Field in Carazo, Nicaragua

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When I was in Nicaragua, I was a lot more focused on farming and construction than I was on taking pictures.  Here is one of the few pictures I have of the corn and beans on my farm.  In this field, you see the very typical combination planting of three rows of beens then one of corn.  We planted some fields like this. 

One of my favorite combination plantings was where we planted pigeon pea (gandul in Spanish) with corn and beans, but I don't have any pictures of that.  First the beans matured.  Then the corn.  Finally, the pigeon pea (which is a huge plant, requiring about 1 square meter per plant) is big enough to take over and makes its harvest. 

Pigeon pea isn't common in Nicaragua, but it should be planted more.  It has fewer disease problems, produces a good size harvest, acts as a windbreak, and can even produce a harvest on the second year without replanting. 

At the farm, we havested and sold around 10 quintales (1 quintal = 100 pounds) of pigeon pea.  We also harvested an equal amount of velvet runner bean (terciopelo, or macuna), about 20 quintal of yellow corn, 30-40 quintal of common red and black beans, 4-5 pickuptrucks of yucca, 30 quintal (dried) coffee, as well as dozens of bushels of tomatoes, peppers, and thousands of squash. 

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